Ralph Giordano (writer)

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Ralph Giordano, 2008

Ralph Giordano (born March 23, 1923) is a German writer and publicist.

Giordano was born to a Sicilian father and a Jewish mother.[1]

Due to his Jewish heritage, he was soon persecuted by the Nazis during the Adolf Hitler regime. During World War II, his family survived the Holocaust by hiding in a friend's basement.[1] After his experiences, Giordano became a communist, but soon grew estranged because of his dislike for Stalinism and exited the German Communist Party in 1957.[1]

In 1964, Giordano joined the WDR as a journalist and stayed there until 1988.[1]

Currently, Giordano is a freelance writer and has written numerous articles about his experiences in Nazi Germany, the dangers of Neo-Nazi movements, and sees Islam as a threat: in a New York Times interview (2007), he vehemently opposed the construction of a new mosque in Cologne, citing German mosques as "a symbol of a parallel society", and calling the integration of German Muslims "a failure".[2]

Private life[edit]

Giordano was married to his second wife Roswitha Everhan from 1994 until her death in 2002. He lives in Cologne.[1] Giordano was a close friend of black German-American journalist Hans Massaquoi.


  1. ^ a b c d e Ralph Giordano
  2. ^ Germans Split Over a Mosque and the Role of Islam

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